|John James Audubon self-portrait 1826|
John James Audubon (1785 - 1851) is perhaps the most renowned wildlife artist in America, universally acknowledged by both art and natural history museums. He was born in 1875 in Les Cayes, Santo Domingo (now Haiti).
From his father's Pennsylvania estate, Audubon made the first bird-ringing experiments. After failing in various business ventures, he concentrated on drawing and studying birds, which took him from Florida to Labrador. His extraordinary four-volume The Birds of America, first published in London in 1827, was a 12-year enterprise that exponentially increased the knowledge of American ornithological and natural history.
The images featured in this series are mainly hand-coloured etchings and aquatints, with a few original watercolours here and there. (You can click on individual images to enlarge them).
This is part 2 of a 7-part series on Audubon's Birds of America:
(Click on the images for a larger version showing more detail)
|Black Skimmer, or Shearwater|
|Black, or Surf Duck|
|Black-throated Blue Warbler|
|Black-throated green Warbler, Blackburnian, Mourning Warbler|
|Black-throated Guillemot, Nobbed-billed Auk, Curled-Crested Auk and Horned-billed Guillemot|
|Blue Crane, or Heron|
|Blue-eyed yellow Warbler|
|Blue-winged Yellow Warbler|
|Brasilian Caracara Eagle|
|Brown Creeper and Californian Nuthatch|
|Buff breasted Sandpiper|
|Bullock's Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Mexican Goldfinch and Varied Thrush|
|Burrowing Owl, Large-Headed Burrowing Owl and Little Night Owl|